Eclipse Award winner Chilukki produced her first foal, a Storm Cat bay colt, April 23.
Officials with Hollywood Park and the Thoroughbred Owners of California struck a deal April 23 on revenue splits for wagers made on the track's races. The Hollywood Park spring meet opens April 24.
A field of nine fillies and mares will take the gate for Thursday's $100,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland. The Bewitch is the sister race to Wednesday's Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIIT), for males. Both the Bewitch and Elkhorn cover 12 furlongs on the turf.
Pedigree vs. Performance. That is the battle within the battle that may very well decide this year's Kentucky Derby winner. The more we see of Came Home, the more we think that maybe performance can conquer pedigree on Derby Day.
Editor's Note: Steve Haskin is an award-winning turf writer and senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse. During his 29 years with the Daily Racing Form, Haskin became known for his insightful coverage of the Triple Crown races. Haskin won the Red Smith Award for Kentucky Derby writing in 1997, 1999, and 2000.and received the David Woods Award for best Preakness story in 1997. In 1999, he co-authored "Baffert: Dirt Road to the Derby" with trainer Bob Baffert and wrote the books, "Dr. Fager" and "John Henry" for Eclipse Press'"Thoroughbred Legends" series. In his latest book, "Racing's Holy Grail - The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby," Haskin takes readers behind the scenes and into the trenches as he examines what it takes to win the world's most famous horse race. He plumbs the secrets of successful trainers, the common pitfalls that hinder so many others, and the enigmatic nature of the race itself. Below are Haskin's daily reports leading up to this year's Kentucky Derby.
Millionaire Excellent Meeting produced her first foal, a Storm Cat colt, March 22 at Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable near Malvern, Pa.
By Lenny Shulman -- A hard, fast track surface on Kentucky Derby Day takes its toll on horses that race at Churchill Downs that day.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Three jewels in the Triple Crown? Not nearly enough, it says here. The series of classic races that ushers in springtime as much as the crack of the bat on opening day has far too much history, far too many heroes, to say there are only three jewels.
Champion Personal Ensign's eighth foal, a bay filly by Unbridled, is doing well in her second week at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky.
The closing week of Keeneland's 16-day meet gets underway with Wednesday's $100,000 Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIIT), going 12 furlongs on the turf, showcases a 10-horse field of turf marathoners.
Bits and pieces from around the industry...
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is spearheading the development of a new retirement facility for ex-racehorses. The new facility, Greener Pastures Equine Sanctuary, is a 130-acre farm on the Sassafras River near Cecilton, Md., which was donated by Doris Wear and her family.
In what trainer Paco Gonzalez said was a faster work than he preferred, Santa Anita Derby winner Came Home zipped six furlongs in 1:12 3/5.
Delta Downs generated nearly $25 million in gross revenue--86% from its slot-machine parlor--for the first quarter of 2002, according to financial statements.
Hope for Love, a filly by Fortunate Prospect, brought the top price of $110,000 Monday during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring sale of 2-year-old in training.
Scientific Games reported $5.4 million, a gain of 10 cents per common share, in net income for the three month period ending March 31. For the same period a year ago, the company reported a net income of $4.1 million or a loss of 10 cents per share.
The state of confusion that has been so prevalent over the past several months has now manifested itself in the form of real live horses.
Youbet.com has signed a one-year marketing agreement that makes the California-based company the official online wagering service for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Weather forecasts for the evening of April 24 in Central Kentucky have prompted University of Kentucky scientists to advise farm owners to temporarily restrict horses from eating pasture grass. The advisory is because of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), which hit at this time last year after an unusual weather pattern.
Grade I winner Ghazi, sire of 10 stakes winners, will be relocated to Buck and Karen Wheeler's Oak Tree Farms near Ellendale, Minn.
Lake Lady, a Kentucky Oaks contender trainer by Steve Asmussen, breezed four furlongs in :49 2/5 at Churchill Downs on Monday as she continued to progress toward the filly classic renewed on the eve of the Kentucky Derby.
Considering the entrenched and antagonistic stances, the April 17 agreement for the right of the main British bookmakers to bet on British racing beginning May 1 was remarkable.
The expected $4.5-million purse supplement for Maryland racing has apparently shrunk to $3 million, according to Mike Hopkins, acting executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission.
Chapter 10 -- Etched in Stone?
Ogden Phipps, a former chairman of The Jockey Club whose homebred champions included Hall of Fame members Buckpasser, Easy Goer, and Personal Ensign, died this morning at approximately 1:30 at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., after a short illness.
It was a busy day Monday at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park for horses pointing toward the Kentucky Derby. In one development, German-bred Flying Dash was taken out of consideration for the Derby after his workout.
Good weather and the introduction of account wagering helped Santa Anita Park exceed $1 billion in total handle for the third time in five years.
The autumn yearling sale at Oaklands Junction ended its two-day run on Monday in Australia. The 324 yearlings sold grossed $3,054,750 (approximately $1,649,565 in U.S. funds) and averaged $9,428 ($5,091).
Malabar Gold tracked pacesetter Astonished down the hill before rallying in the final strides to earn a head-length win in $138,125 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita.
Ringaskiddy, a 6-year-old gelding trainer Juan Garcia co-owns with Leonard Scofield, cut the final corner and ran away with the $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IT).
Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Mayakovsky drilled five furlongs in :58 1/5 Sunday at Churchill Downs as he prepares for Saturday's Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) at the Louisville track.
Michael Tabor's Duckhorn proved to be in his element on the wet track at Keeneland Sunday, taking the $103,984 Ben Ali Stakes by seven lengths over New Orleans Handicap winner Parade Leader.
Gary West's Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Buddha breezed six furlongs over Belmont Park's training track Sunday. The son of Unbridled's Song completed the drill in 1:14 2/5.
Fairplex Park and Santa Anita Park are in negotiation to bring the Los Angeles County Fair's 17-day end-of-summer race meeting to Santa Anita, a Magna Entertainment Corporation official told stockholders at its annual meeting April 18.
Cassidy, a graded stakes winner for Peter Mirabelli, produced her first foal, a Cat Thief colt, April 19 at Fares Farm near Lexington.
Eishin Preston, an American-bred son of Green Dancer based in Japan, defeated Takao Watanabe's Agnes Digital by a half-length in Sunday's Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) on good turf at Sha Tin.
Peter M. Crane's Hail The Chief has found a new life since being switched to dirt racing.
Michael Tabor's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Bella Bellucci breezed four furlongs at Churchill Downs Saturday, getting the distance in :47 3/5 on a fast track.
Trainer Neil Drysdale said Fusao Sekiguchi's Flying Dash will run in the April 27 Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs and then go on to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) if the German-bred performs well in the one-turn mile event.
Astra battles back, to win the Santa Barbara for the estate of the late Allen Paulson.
G Three Stable's Smoked Em set unpressured fractions en route to a two-length win over Magic Weisner in Saturday's $107,250 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico. Smoked Em's victory snapped 9-10 favorite Magic Weisner's five-race winning streak.
A colt by Grand Slam whipped through a quarter mile in :21 1/5 to post the fastest work at the distance Saturday during the fourth and final session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Raging Fever continues her winning ways, taking the one-turn mile Bed o' Roses.
The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Proud Citizen earns a Kentucky Derby berth after winning the Lexington .
Owner-breeder John C. Mabee suffered his second stroke in two years Sunday and was listed in critical condition Friday while breathing with the aid of a respirator.
David Flores will ride Essence of Dubai for the first time in the May 4 Kentucky Derby and also has the mount on Tempera in the May 3 Kentucky Oaks. Frankie Dettori will ride Imperial Gesture in the Oaks, but will be in England on Derby day to ride Naheef in the Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas.
Robby Albarado will ride Request For Parole in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), according to the jockey's agent, Lenny Pike.
Stakes races for $300,000, please. The answer is: Eddie Delahoussaye is travelling to Texas to ride this 5-year-old horse owned by "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek in the Texas Mile? The question: Who is Reba's Gold.
A colt by Ponche cruised through three-eighths in :34 to post the fastest work at the distance Friday during the third session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Select Stable's Take Charge Lady put in a five-furlong breeze at Churchill Downs Friday as she prepares for her engagement in the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
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